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Staffing problems ‘causing dental care issues’

Posted by Allie Wright

Staffing issues are leading to growing concerns over the provision of oral healthcare on the Isle of Man falling below acceptable standards.

The Department of Health’s Salaried Dental Service has announced a range of measures designed to take the strain off healthcare on the island.

It was revealed by the body that the steps it is taking have been set up to combat short-term difficulties in relation to staffing problems.

The Hillside and Community Health Centre clinics in Douglas will be affected immediately by the changes, but the Ramsey NHS clinic will see no changes, it was noted.

It was revealed by the Department of Health’s Salaried Dental Service that there has been a shortage of salaried dentists on the Isle of Man for a variety of reasons.

The department pointed out these include long term sickness and repeated difficulties in recruitment, which means it will be necessary to delay routine checkups and treatment.

Minister for health David Anderson said: “The Department is committed to solving the acute problems currently facing the Salaried Dental Service. These challenges are not simple to resolve but I would like to reassure patients that we are taking all possible measures to improve the situation.”

The department noted that registered patients and those patients who do not have a dentist who have toothache or other dental problems will still be seen and those patients who are currently undergoing a course of treatment will have this completed.

Children will continue to be seen for routine checkups and treatments, but adults will have to wait to be able to book an appointment due to the staffing concerns.

Data released by the coalition government’s Department of Health recently revealed that 60 per cent of people have tried to get an NHS dental appointment in the last two years, with a success rate of 94 per cent recorded between July and September.

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